We all recognise Audrey Hepburn as a film star and a fashion icon. She was also a dancer, a model, and a humanitarian – though did you know these 10 interesting things about our beloved star?
1. Her name wasn’t always Audrey Hepburn
The actress was actually born Audrey Kathleen Ruston, and didn’t start using the name Audrey Hepburn until 1948. In 1940 during German occupation, she also took on the pseudonym Edda van Heemstra. This was because her “English sounding” birth-given name was deemed too dangerous for the time, so she used an alias to avoid being captured by Germans.
2. She volunteered as a WWII nurse at age 16
In World War II, Audrey worked as a volunteer nurse at a Dutch hospital. This hospital took in a lot of wounded Allied soldiers during the battle of Arnhem. One of them in particular, Terence Young, was nursed by Hepburn and would in fact go on to become her director in Wait Until Dark.
3. Audrey labelled herself as an introvert
What made Audrey unique from other celebrities was the fact that she didn’t crave attention from fans, or feel the need to surround herself with large groups of people. “I have to be alone very often,” she said. “I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
I think a lot of us can relate.